Euroleague Basketball Picks
Two hot teams are clashing in the 12th round of Euroleague Basketball, when the Turkish Champions Anadolu Efes (6-4), are hosting the Spanish Champions of Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (5-5). The hosts have lost only once in their last 6 games, while the guests have lost once in their last 4.
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Date/Time: 12-04-2020, 11:30 EDT
Spread: Anadolu Efes -5.5 Total: +158.5
Anadolu Efes have a 6-4 record and are sitting in the 7th place. They have won five of their last six matches. In their last game they won Crvena Zvezda on the road, 64-75. They were a 3.5-point underdog but managed to cover the spread.
Shane Larkin leads the team in both scoring with 16.5 ppg and in assists made with 5 per game, adding 3 rebounds.
Baskonia have a 5-5 record and are sitting in the 10th place. They have won three of their last four matches. In their last game they won Olympiacos on the road, 76-90. They were a 0.5-point underdog but managed to beat the odds.
Rokas Giedraitis leads the team in scoring with 13 ppg, shooting with 53.3% in field goals and 40% in 3-pointers.
In their only meeting last season, Efes won on the road by 25 points.
They also lead Baskonia 11-8 wins (5-5 at home) all-time in Euroleague.
Efes are 1-3 at home, while Baskonia are 1-2 on the road.
Both teams are very close offensively (81.2 to 80.8 ppg), while Baskonia have a better defense (75.5 to 77.4 ppg).
Efes are tied for the second-best field goal percentage (49.7% to 48.8%), while Baskonia have the third-best 3-point percentage (39.8% to 39.3%).
Anadolu Efes are second-best in assists made (19.5 to 19.2) and first in fewer turnovers per game (10.7 to 16.2).
On the other hand, Baskonia are second-best in rebounding, grabbing 31.6 to Efes’ league-low of 25.2.
Bookmakers give Anadolu Efes a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They will be missing Vasilije Micic (14.9 ppg, 4.9 assists) and have some of their key players questionable, but they have the depth to win at home.
Baskonia vs Anadolu Efes Prediction: Anadolu Efes -5.5 (-107)
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